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What Should Go in the Old Fire Station?

Cartersville firefighters have moved on from the historic downtown building at the corner of Church and Erwin streets.

"For most of the city's firefighting history, a fire station of some sort has been located at the corner of Church and Erwin streets," according to the city of Cartersville's website. History came to an end with the fire department's recent move to the new public safety headquarters building on Cassville Road.

The old Station 1, a two-story building that saw a 1979 addition to house modern-day fire trucks and equipment, was originally erected in 1917 and included City Hall and the fire and police departments.

Help us fill in the blank: What would you like to see the city of Cartersville do with the historic building? Do you have memories from the old city hall or police station? What should it be now? Tell us in the comments below.

Tom S December 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Upgrade to make it a year round farmer's market.
Ringo December 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Great idea! Cratersville needs more upscale businesses. Would be a great addition to roselawn & grand gables weddings-a convenient place for guests to stay, hold rehearsal dinners, etc. also could attract more corporate businesses that would like to have meetings in a historic venue close enough to Atlanta & Chattanooga, without dealing with 'big city' , chaos, costs, etc. Hope someone has the capital to make that idea become a possibility.
Friend December 29, 2012 at 02:20 AM
How about something for our teens, maybe it would keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Right now the only thing Cartersville offers its teens is sports and not everyone plays a sport.
Always an Emerson girl! December 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
A boutique hotel? How in the world would you hope to sustain it? The location alone is a negative. What about parking? It's one thing to have a cookie-cutter Fairfield Inn right off the exit and loyal Hilton customers will always be willing to drive into town to find the Hilton Garden Inn. Even a property with less than 100 rooms (which classifies a boutique hotel) would be a stretch given the size of the old fire station. Every boutique hotel I know of has a 'theme'...what would the theme for this one be? And I certainly don't know where the staff would come from to truly give the personalized anticipatory guest service that differentiates 'boutique' from 'standard'...they don't live in Cartersville!
Brande Poulnot December 30, 2012 at 04:09 AM
from Hal: "Use the fire house as a community center for multiple uses. Invest tax dollars to upgrade the facility so that it could serve as a senior activities center, cultural center, and possibly as a volunteer coordination office (i.e., as charitable non-profits have a need for volunteers the coordination office could match volunteers with agency needs). Possibly use the space (would need moveable dividers) for school art exhibitions.

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